2009 NETS Calendar Now Available
- Greetings Friends,
It is our hope this finds you all well. Just in time for the
holidays, and earlier than last year, the 2009 Heren Istarion:
Northeast Tolkien Society Calendar is now available for order. We
thank everyone for making the 2008 Calendar the success it was, and
in following that success we are again humbly grateful to Phil Goss
of the "Compleat Gyde to Tolkien Calendars" and his daughter Megan
Goss of Digital Imaging Technologies for bringing to fruition this
new contribution to collectibles.
This years calendar features a new cover by Jef Murray, and
illustrations for each year within the Shire Reckoning format within
by Colin "Bungo" Williams and Catherine Karina Chmiel (Kasiopea). We
thank all who participated in bringing this years calendar to
fruition and hope everyone will seek to add it to their collection.
Calendars are $20 + shipping and handling
ALL ORDERING INFORMATION IS NOW AVAILABLE ON HERENISTARION.ORG
Here is more information on the contributors of the 2009 NETS
Jef Murray is internationally recognized for his illustrations of
works by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Jef's paintings have been
featured in group and solo shows in England (Moreton-in-Marsh,
Oxford, and Birmingham), in Canada (Toronto), and in the U.S.A. His
sketches and paintings have appeared internationally in the St.
Austin Revue (StAR), Mallorn (the journal of the Tolkien Society),
Amon Hen (the newsletter of the Tolkien Society), Silver Leaves, and
Gilbert Magazine. In the United States, his work has appeared in
Parma Nole, MythPrints, Mythic Circle, and The Georgia Bulletin.
Jef and his wife, author and columnist Lorraine V. Murray, produced
their first book together (How Shall We Celebrate? Resurrection
Press) in 2005, and Jef's latest illustrations can be found in
Tolkien biographer Joseph Pearce's first book of poetry, Divining
Divinity (Kaufmann Publishing, 2008). Jef's website is at
www.JefMurray.com, and a catalog of his available paintings and
prints can be found at ADC Art and Books at www.adcbooks.co.uk.
Catherine Karina Chmiel (Kasiopea) lives and works in Warsaw with her
family and three rabbits. She has been drawing all her life - as long
as she can remember. Since 1993, she has been working as an
illustrator, whichwas her childhood dream, and has illustrated over
70 books, mainly children's classics and fantasy. Her two passions
are Tolkien and zoology. She is especially fond of little birds,
rabbits, and horses. Tove Jansson and Ernest H. Shepard are the main
influences on her art.
Ms. Chmiel discovered Tolkien when she was 12 years old and stayed
faithful to his works ever since. At first, she was interested in him
from the literary point of view - writing essays and her M.A. thesis
was entitled "Moral problems in J.R.R. Tolkien's works". It was only
at the beginning of 2002 that she decided to illustrate Tolkien.
Previously, she was awed by his works and thought she wouldn't prove
equal to the task. Kasia is interested in relationships between
characters, private scenes, emotions, and dilemmas. Her works are her
tribute to her favourite characters - Boromir, Maeglin and Feanor.
Colin "Bungo" Williams, Annandale Australia
Born Inverell NSW Australia, 1945. World War II forced to close down
almost immediately thereafter. Am told calamitous competition too
great.Son of much-relocated School Headmaster and elocution/ sewing
teacher. Lived Ashford, Dorrigo and Wauchope, quaint country
outposts, before hitting the Big Smoke - Sydney - age 9.Education:
Brighton-le-Sands - on Botany Bay [landing place for Captain James
Cook's discovery of Oz in 1770] - Sydney Boys' High and Sydney
University [Architecture degree 1968]. Would-be try-hard swimmer and
athlete [backstroke and hurdles], to junior State Representative
level. Thereafter the effort became too great. Into the theatre as
stage and costume designer, would-be singer, ham actor, scenic
artist, costume painter, draftsman, illustrator, opera enthusiast,
jack-of-all-trades - master-of-none.
Introduced to JRR Tolkien at age of 26. Furious to have lived so long
ignorant. Loved Smith of Wootton Major then became immediately
besotted by The Hobbit. Loved The Lord of the Rings, but have
remained mesmerised by Bilbo's There-and-Back-Again saga ever
since.Considered Tolkien's delightful, anaemic water-colours did no
justice to the magic of his own writings. Egoistically resolved to
redress the imbalance with black-and-white interpretations. First
efforts  halting and gawky. Marriage and raising four sons
followed in a manic blur. Later, lack of imagination for birthday
and Christmas presents prompted Hobbit sketches and eventually annual
JRRT Calendars, with originals doubling as gifts. Poor benighted
family have endured these efforts twice annually since 1999. 2008
sees the twelfth Hobbit Calendar and my first TLotR Calendar [in
colour] - Book I. Remain JRRT-besotted. Never fail to find new
details and revelations in TH each annual reading. Ditto TLotR.
Cannot live without them. Serendipitously "discovered" by Parmastahir
on an e-bay auction in 2006 and inspired to greater feats by the
enthusiasm of North America's shared adoration of The Master